Radiohead Tour Dates and Gigography

Merriweather Post Pavillion - Columbia, MD USA
August 20, 2003 with Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
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Setlist
01 the gloaming
02 2+2=5
03 sit down. stand up
04 where i end and you begin
05 airbag
06 pyramid song
07 paranoid android
08 a wolf at the door
09 sail to the moon
10 you and whose army
11 there there
12 go to sleep
13 dollars and cents
14 we suck young blood
15 idioteque
16 creep
17 the national anthem

Encore #1:
18 i will
19 myxomatosis
20 just
21 how to disappear completely

Encore #2:
22 no surprises
23 everything in its right place
Show Notes
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Reviews
There are 88 reviews for this show.

PUSKEMO:
Submitted on: AUGUST 28, 2003 13:41:48


i s'pose it all started in 96, my first concert, when radiohead opened for alanis. i was 8 and all i remember was creep and high and dry, but it changed me (hah that sounded a little cheesey). not too long ago, i saw the direct tv special at a friends house, and i knew i had to see them the next time they were in town. dispite the awful traffic and my lawn seats, i got there as the opening band was finishing up. once those first few notes of backdrifts started playing, everyone was on their feet. the set was great, some highlites for me being paranoid android, airbag, idioteque, and no surprises. much to my tremendous surprise, they played creep, with that crunching guitar as loud as i vaguely remember it being 8 years ago. it brought an even bigger smile to my face than what i already had. My one big gripe about the show was what they didnt play; karma police, fake plastic trees, and talk show host. i was really hoping for those, but ill live i guess. aside from that, it was a great show, and id love to see them again in the future.


GLENN AND ANDI:
Submitted on: AUGUST 30, 2003 05:21:20


STOP you're crying about traffic people !!
Sheesh!

Ever heard of 'rush hour'??
Ever heard of taking a day off for your favorite band's
only performance in this area in years??(I dont count 'festivals')

Well, we took the day off,as we did for Mondays show in Camden.
And,because we had stayed up all(!!) night on a certain friday night
back in June, we had pit tickets from WASTE. Small price to pay in our minds.

We got to the venue about 330, as we had in Camden 2 nights earlier and
ended up front row between thom and Sir Johnny again. Small prices indeen in our
minds.

Conclusions..same 'seats' both shows.
I give a decided edge to the Merriweather show on setlist
alone. We saw the song list taped down on the stage before the show
and knew Creep was coming. :) I know its a matter of personal preference
but i liked this show's song slection better. Heck, i even liked the soundcheck
we heard waiting in line earlier in the afternoon better than the one we heard
in Camden.

Also, the crowd there blew away the Camden crowd and it was quite apparent
on Thom's face all night long. Some of us here have been waiting since the 930
Club show back in '97 for a radiohead return engagement in these parts,and
it showed. Security in front of the stage also took notice of
the crowd frenzy and doubled its contingent at the stagefront just before the
second encore !! Personally, i was offended by more goons between us and the band,
but, whats a guy to do....

Conversely, the Camden show had 3 old guys 'guarding' the stage there..... ha!

Anyway..the wait was definitely worth it. This show makes my top 3 all time by
and band over the last 27 years. Im still happy 10 days later....


PAUL FROM RESTON, VA.:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 04, 2003 19:06:49


Why do we pay exorbitant prices to stand in uncomfortable venues for the experience of live music? Radiohead's performance at MPP reminds me of why the hassle is invariably worth it. And it reminds us all that this is a kick-ass live band that demands to be heard live. After the experience of a satisfying live set, it's almost shocking to think that Radiohead is often mentioned as an "art band," but their astounding songbook is written to be played live, in swelling, swinging, beautifully layered performances that vastly surpass the recorded versions. Their “rhythm section” bottom side of Phil Selway and Colin Greenwood propels the group energetically, dynamically, polyrhythmically (although at one point Thom glared at Colin for muffing an entry). After telling myself that the mesmerizing later recordings define Radiohead’s sound, it’s heartening to be so powerfully reminded that THESE LADS ROCK, beautifully.

And if Jonny Greenwood, hunched and writhing over his magic kitbag of toys like a sorcerer conjuring up spells, isn't the most innovative single sonic mind in rock - let alone a scorching guitarist - I'm not sure who is.

The live performance – my first live Radiohead – surprised me, however, in that for a group that swings so loosely and whose members admire, and cites as influences, the great jazz players, Radiohead is often fairly rigidly bent on reproducing the sounds of their recordings. Admittedly, it's wonderful and astounding to behold, but they focus intently on creating a lot of note-for-note renditions. Improvisation - spontaneous composition under the pressure of performance - is an exciting test of musicianship.

All five guys show in concert that they are indeed spectacular musicians, who throughout the night interacted seamlessly. And in performance you can much more readily see how flawless they are as an ensemble, each player bringing a very important piece to the whole. It’s refreshing to watch, in song after song, the unusually active support offered by third guitarist - and sole tall man - Ed O'Brien. Another interest point at MPP, noted by many reviewers of other tour stops, is that Thom Yorke seemed to be having an unusually good time - this, frankly, worries me, and sometimes seemed feigned, but I'm willing to go with it.

All the Hail to the Thief numbers in concert sounded so superior to the recording that they often seemed to be different songs – particularly The Gloaming and Sit Down, Stand Up. Other stunning selections in the 23-song two-hour set included beautiful versions of Paranoid Android, Just, Idioteque, Pyramid Song, Airbag, Everything In Its Right Place, an achingly beautiful No Surprises, and, unfortunately, Creep (but hats off for this genuflection to their passionate, wildly appreciative fans). In sum, a spectacular, 10-star, crowd-pleasing show by, yes, the Greatest Band on the Face of the Earth Today . . . and perhaps ever.

I felt sorry for Steven Malkmus and the Jix – they have a great songbook and are an earnest band but were cursed by opening-act lousy sound, an empty music shed, and a mostly indifferent audience that was clearly overeager for the main event.


MIKE:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 06, 2003 21:12:25


"Delicious, delicious, delicious..."

~Thom's opening words to the growd.
I've been to a few concerts to say the least... and this was the best, by far. Radiohead will never cease to amaze me.


DAN:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 09, 2003 14:30:42


After waiting in traffic for 2 hours,we got to the lawn seats right at 6:30, when the opening act started, we sat at the edge of the crowd. By the time the show ended 100 yards of people had arrived on the other side of us. Despite the traffic it was still the best show ever. Playing for 2 hours which included almost all of HTTT and the best songs from their other CD's(with the exception of Karma Police) but still made up for it by playing No Suprises. If I had the chance to drive for 5 hours for a Radiohead concert it would go, no questions asked.


WOODY:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 11, 2003 08:01:13


I love music. I go to see a lot of bands. Being a late Radiohead bloomer (post-2001 tour), this was the first time I've ever seen Radiohead, and was damn excited. I was prepared to be blown away because anyone who has ever seen Radiohead had told me that.
Now that I've seen this Merriweather show I have this to say... they are AWESOME musicians - every bit as good as I expected them to be. However, I thought the sound was not loud enough, and I don't consider this a trivial gripe. I don't care if I'm going to hear bluegrass, opera, or orchestra, I want it loud and in my face. Radiohead did not do this for me, and I'm blaming the sound guy, cause I think Radiohead did everything they could.
I wonder if anyone is with me on this? Just seemed to me the slower songs (which I have no problem with (Y and W's A being my favorite of the night)), brought down the energy of the crowd. They neede more dynamics and boost. It was all the same level... pretty quiet. I didn't see anyone moving really. I noticed because I wasn't really moving myself.
Yes I was on the lawn, but I've seen enough shows at MPP to know they can get more sound out to that lawn audience - especially the size we had... f'n ENORMOUS! They should have prepared the sound better for us.
For instance... Paranoid Android is argueably one of the loudest songs they play. At the loudest moment (you know what I'm talking about), the guitars should have been blowing my eardrums out. I didn't think they were.
I know I'm not the only one who listens to Radiohead at 11. Well I enjoy it the same way live. It IS a concert after all.
Radiohead still rocks and I love em, so I hope I didn't offend. Just won't see them again until their sound guy learns how to pump up the right instruments at the right time.


ETHAN R:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 20, 2003 17:08:19


Columbia is devil-spawn. Horrendous traffic caused me to miss everything up to Sail to the Moon (and I had row A!....bastards). Another appearance of Creep because, "we like the song now." Lots of Kid A, lots of HTTT. The entire band was in a fantastic mood. A tremendous performance from what I saw. However, it is slightly weird seeing them from that short a distance. I never got past that.


STEVIE JAY:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 20, 2003 17:09:00


Just plain great. Creep, Idioteque, Airbag, Just, No Suprises... the best live show I have ever seen. I don't know what it feels like to give birth, reach the top of Mt. Everest or go into outer space, but now that I've seen Radiohead live I can die knowing I've reached at least one goal.
P.S. there were more people sqeezed into the lawn seats than those in the pavillion.


SEAN:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 20, 2003 17:22:20


This show was everything I could have expected and much much more. Radiohead played to the biggest audience I have ever seen at Merriweather Post Pavillion. Thom's voice was great as usual, and the set list was a very diverse mix of the old and new...and they played CREEP!!!! Thom jokingly commented "We like this song again." They all seemed to be having a lot fun playing, and everyone had a lot of fun listening. This show ranks as one of the best I have ever seen.


PAUL:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 20, 2003 17:34:13


This was my first time at Merriweather. The traffic was horrendous, and it took me over 45 minutes to find a parking spot. I missed the first 3 songs because I thought the guys came on at 8:30! To top it off, I had second to last row seats on the left, as oposed to being in the pit, front row, 5 feet from Johnny in Camden the other night. Despite these setbacks, Radiohead made me forget everything that had plagued my journey to the show. I listened to every cd on the way down in preparation, but seeing Radiohead live is like nothing that words can describe. This show was considerably better than Camden's, there was a greater variety of up-beat songs. "Airbag" was unexpected and terrific, "Idioteque" had a middle-eight that was nothing like the mix on "KID A", but made the song infinitely more powerful. When the lights changed during that musical interlude, the crowd transformed into pure positive energy that could be manipulated by Thom's every whim. Thom smiled and acted for the camera up close during "You and Whose Army" which sent everyone in a frenzy. "Creep" was the highlight of the night, I couldn't believe what i was hearing, fanatical joy hit me as the muted guitar chunking before the chorus was played for one of the few times in so many years. I don't believe any of us expected to ever hear "Creep" live, what a wonderful song to experience. "Just" was the cream of a weak 1st encore ( there were so many other songs i was hoping to hear ), and "Everything In It's Right Place" was the perfect song to end with. Although Merriweather is a horrible venue, Radiohead played an amazing show like only they can, one that I will never forget.


ALEX:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 20, 2003 17:35:38


this was my first radiohead show and it when far above any expectation i could ever have for a concert. considering theres not too many radiohead songs i dont like, they played all great songs. the best part of the show were songs i never was that into before like the gloaming and dollars and cents. they were so much better live i couldnt believe it. best show i've ever seen period.


DANIEL:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 20, 2003 17:38:54


i went in thinking this concert was going to be great. the openers came, but i couldn't see much because people were standing up (and i had the back lawn seats). but then when The bass line hit, it rumbled everyone, creating a wild cheer. from there on the light were amazing. radiohead lights have to be a few million dollars. excellent lights show. thom began to look into the camera singing to all the crowd threw the camera. great experience. i highly recommen seeing radiohead, you will not be let down. best show in my life.


TONE:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 20, 2003 17:43:42


The night opened up with "The Gloaming": One of Thom's moody masterpieces from Hail to the thief. Merryweather Pavillion was packed to the brim and Radiohead's erie echoes could be heard from all the way from the columbia mall. Their lighting was by far the most impressive I've ever seen, resembling that of technological "smart-lighting" :reacting to their every chord change through "Sail to the moon" to "Airbag". Thom, Phil, Ed, Johnny, and colin were in Top spirits for the performance, and Thom seemed to manipulate the audience in his comical performance of "You and whose army"; sticking his face into the camera, while lifting his eyebrows. The crowd was exstatic as Radiohead performed "Creep", a song that they do not usually choose to grace their audiences with. Thom's solo performance of "I will" pulled every last emotion out of the audience as did "Paranoid Android", "Idioteque", and the final encore performace of "Everything in its right place". Truly an incredible show that many people will never forget.


TROOPER_MCCUE:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 20, 2003 17:48:19


I had a lot of problems with this show, particularly the venue. I LOVE Radiohead, but for the number of years that Merriweather Post Pavillion has been around, the management of this venue still doesn't know how to run a show. The traffic from Arlington, Virginia was absolutely HORRIBLE -the entire way up {Nothing they can really do about that}. But, as we neared the exit to the ampitheatre around 7pm or so, we saw great hope in catching the entire show. Not the case.

Traffic was practically at a stand-still once we reached the exit. There was nobody out on the roads directing traffic? And only one entrance to the ampitheatre? Judging from the contour of the gravel and dirt parking lots, I'm shocked that the traffic wasn't worse. I'm so glad to hear that this place may very well be torn down after this season is over - it has been around for years and they have not even considered revamping it at all {with the exception of a few minor changes}

Unfortunately, we missed well over an hour of the show. We got there just as they started to play "There There" and I was hoping that the show had just begun, but this was not the case.

Either way, I have been wanting to see Radiohead for years {especially after the disappointing Bull-Run Park rain-out} and am glad that I got to see what I did. The light show was absolutely amazing, with a great stir-up of variety for each song.

After seeing the Direct TV radio special a while back, I was real excited to hear Thom's vocal jams on "Idioteque". I also really enjoyed "Everything in its Right Place" as well as "Just". "We Suck Young Blood" was definitely creepy in a good way, and it was neat hearing "Creep", a Radiohead classic in my book. Every time I saw Thom wig out in the telemprompter, I not only thought of how photogenic he is for Mtv, Pay-per-View specials and the like, but also how much he really gets into the music. I would imagine that it would be really hard to do that from day-to-day unless you put your heart and soul into your music and performances.

Unfortunately I psyched myself up to hear several songs including 2+2=5, Sit-Down Stand-Up, Paranoid Android, Knives Out, etc. which never became a reality for me. I don't know if they played these all, but I do know that the first encore started almost after we got there.

Here's a big hint for Merriweather {and the collaboration between the band's management, I guess} - I think 6:30pm is way too early a starting time for a Wednesday night, especially right during rush hour in between DC and Baltimore! The show was over at 9:45! I honestly believe that is the earliest ending time for a concert I have ever been to.


LEAH G.:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 20, 2003 17:48:45


Just got back from the show, it was the best concert I've ever seen. They started out with the Gloaming. They played most of the songs from Hail to the Theif and quite a few old songs. Paranoid Android, Creep and Just probably got the biggest audience reactions, everyone was singing along. During You and Whose Army, Thom would look in the camera on his piano and smile put his face right up to it, so you could see him on the screen on the sides of the stage. During We Suck Young Blood, the audience was clapping along like they do on the CD - it sounded like a giant CRACK every time they did. Thom was doing his crazy dance, it looked like he was having fun. He would even crack a smile every once in a while. There were 2 encores, the last song was Everything in it's Right Place. It ended with just Ed and Jonny on stage, with the screen in the background spelling out FOREVER in giant red letters. I wish it would have lasted that long.


ADAM:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 20, 2003 17:49:03


Well, I just saw radiohead in concert (Though I had lawn seats) for the first time and they were better than in any other time I've ever seen them preform on other live footage. I've compared this concert to other reviews and this seems to be one of the best the've done this tour. They had no noticable sound problems. Noone ever messed up except for one very very subtle mistake in go to sleep in thoms vocal part and a very slight mistake in a solo in paranoid android with jonny. But I'm just being picky when I list these mistakes, because these were very very small and incredibly hard to notice. Everything they played was fantastic and they chose a great set list.

At the begining of the concert the first thing you heard was thom saying "delicious. delicious. delicious" repeatedly before they jumped into the gloaming. Naturally they played lots of other HTTT (2+2=5, Sit Down Stand Up, Sail to the Moon, Go To Sleep, Where I End and You Begin, We Suck Young Blood, There There, I Will, Myxomatosis, and Wolf at the Door.) Yikes, that was almost the Whole Album! They Played a few classics from Amnesiac (Pyramid Song, You and Whose Army, and Dollars and Cents) and Kid A (Everything in it's right place, the National Anthem, How to disapear completely, and Idioteque).

During You and Whose Army? Thom would make silly faces and point at the camera when he said "You and whose army?". When he said "Come on if you think you can take us on" he would point at the crowd behind him as though they were his army.

They also played some great O.K. Computer(Airbag, Paranoid Android, and No surprises). Man, they did all of these so WELL! And from the bends they only played the very very very exciting Just. Everyone was singin along. Surprisingly they played Creep, which everyone sang along to as well. I wasnt sure what to expect from creep because I dont think the band is too happy playing the song (Thom said: "We Love this song" sarcastically before they started) but that song really actually rocked a whole lot and was given just as much effort as everything else for the old pablo honey fans.

All in all the music was the closest to perfect any human could ever make. All of them are really really good at what they do. I still cant believe that they were making such beautiful sound right in front of my eyes totally live. When they finished with everything in its right place Jonny was messing around with the drums he recorded from the song and was making the craziest beat. It just brings a tear to a man's eye.


RIMBLYCRIMBLY:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 20, 2003 18:36:32


After sitting on 1-95 North for about 3hours we finally arrived at Merriweather. Radiohead came on stage at about 7:45pm which was quite early for a normal headlining band. Without a doubt this was the best show I have ever seen. The setlist was flawless...they played CREEP! How To Disappear Completely, Just, No Surprises...It was just amazing, Thom was full of energy, the band was tight, no mistakes, the place was packed...the band was in a great mood too. They came back for like a 6 or 7 song encore...

Set:In No Particular Order
Gloaming
2+2=5
Sit Down, Stand Up
Where I end and you Begin
Pyramid Song
Airbag
Go To Sleep
Paranoid Android
Dollers and Cents
A Wolf At The Door
Sail To The Moon
You And Whose Army?
Idioteque
We Suck Young Blood
The National Anthem
There There
Creep
Encore
Just
How To Disapear Completely
No Surprises
Myxamtosis
Everything In Its Right Place
If you have the chance...GO SEE RADIOHEAD!


ATOM:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 20, 2003 19:15:05


Last and only time I saw the boys was Tibetan Freedom concert at RFK. They f'ing rocked there, but that was a long time ago. 2 years ago this month I had tix to see them at Bull Run, a venue in Virginia. They had two shows scheduled there and both were cancelled due to the terrential down pour and flooding and some tree getting struck by lighting, so..this show was 2 years in the making and it blew my pants off, literally. I've been to a ton of shows, plenty of rock shows and this just plain f'ing rocked.
Loved it, every minute of it, no dissappointment. Well, Merriweather is always a bitch to get too, but so be it...Radiohead took the f'ing roof off.


JUSTIN:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 20, 2003 19:20:17


Great show. Sound quality at Merriweather is not the greatest, but Radiohead really put their energy into making it a great show nonetheless. They opened with the Gloaming, and the rendition was loads better than it is on HTTT. Paranoid Android was amazing, but somehow less than I expected it would be. They played Creep which suprised me quite a bit. If I'm correct the played it at one of the last few shows, and they don't perform it much. The concert ended with Everything in it's Right Place, and it seemed a fitting ending, the concert was very good, but could have been great with properly equalized sound and a better facility.


MATTHEW HAUCK:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 20, 2003 20:29:17


This was my first Radiohead show, and quite possibly the best show I've ever attended. With material spanning all their albums, and with the band returning twice to play five encores it is hard to imagine how they could have made the show much better. Keep on doing what you guys do...FOREVER.


TERIAKI:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 21, 2003 01:48:09


I'm not one for writing big reviews, but I did want to pass along my love of this show. Radiohead rocked it for 2 hours straight including 2 encores. That's quite a lot of music these days if you ask me. It was one of the best concerts I've ever been to, and I've been to quite a few.

Somewhere towards the middle-end of the set, they played Creep. I've looked through some other setlists and haven't seen anywhere they've played Creep. (I saw them in 98 at the Bayou Theatre in Houston, TX... I don't even think they played it at all in that tour either.)

Great concert, can't wait to see someone post a setlist.


HENRY:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 21, 2003 02:26:13


Best concert I've been to, period. It was my first live Radiohead experience, and it surely won't be my last.


JS:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 21, 2003 02:28:50


from what i saw, radiohead was amazing. they played a good variety of songs from all the albums, but the real reason i'm writing this is to complain about the awful traffic. a 1-hour drive took 3 hours and we missed half of radiohead's set. that kind of disorganization is ridiculous, especially when you're paying 50 bucks a ticket.


DAVE:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 21, 2003 02:46:14


I have been waiting to see Radiohead for the last 7 years or so, so when tickets went on sale for the Merriweather show I did not hesitate in picking one up. I live in DC and I am not familiar with venue, but I figured I would have to hit the road early, especially having to deal with the Beltway at rush hour. The tickets said 6:30 PM start time, the newspaper said 7:30 show starts, I figured since there was an opener Radiohead would not go on until 8:30 at the earliest.

I found out the hard way that Merriweather is one of the worst venues to see a band, let alone a stellar act like Radiohead...after leaving DC at 5:30, I did not walk into the venue until after 8:00 becuase of concert traffic...to my shock, not only was I late, but Radiohead was already on stage crushing Paranoid Andriod as I was walking in...I couldn't believe it...

once my girlfriend and I got settle in to the lawn area, and my blood pressure dropped a bit, I got to focus on the show. As expected the band sounded amazing..."Sail to the Moon" was an amazing soundscape, "Wolf at the Door" was a pleasant suprise, "You & Whose Army" was almost a comedic act by Thom as he hammed up the crowd during the intro. Figuring I missed "There, There", it was a wonderful suprise to hear the song tucked in to the middle of the set...it sound amazing...The vocals were like a possessed choir and Jonny and Ed were banging away on the drums. At least, I think Ed was, as I couldn't see him and they only flashed an image of him on the big screen once.....kinda strange since I think Ed is such a huge part of the band...the band proceeded to roll into "Creep" which was great, but so odd to hear them play considering Thom's past public deriding of the song...the "National Anthem" rocked..."Idioteque" gave me the urge to ingest som exctasy..."Go To Sleep" sounds heavily folk/Neil Young influenced to me and the band played it well...the encore's included a rocking "Just", "I Will" and beautiful version of "No Suprises"..they also pulled out a dreamy version of "How To Disappear Completely" which is one of my favorites.... and the expected ending of "Everything in its Right Place"..Being a huge Radiohead fan, it was still a great experience to see and hear the band, but I was disappointed that they didn't play (or I missed) some of my favorites: My Iron Lung, Street Spirit, Karma Police, Fake Plastic Trees, Lucky. But they put alot of energy into the show, and the just sound so amazing....it was mind blowing and it really does raise the bar for bands now and into the future...

I thought it was alittle unfair of someone (not sure who) to schedule a concert in the middle of nowhere (Merriweather is inbetween Baltimore and DC),on a work day, with an unrealstic time frame for the show...and it never ceases to amaze me how big concert crowds can act like a mindless hurd, with Generation Y & Z more interested in socializing than actually listening to the music...As I was standing there behind some 6 Foot Five tall dreadlocked 15 year old gabbing to his girlfriend, thinking how I missed the first half of this show through no fault of my own, I said "Radiohead is the only band I would do this for....."


SOC:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 21, 2003 03:36:48


The one hour of this concert that I saw was absolutely incredible. I have never seen Radiohead live before and I was duely impressed. Due to venue restrictions they were off the stage by quarter of ten and with traffic and booty parking, this left left me unsatiated in a way that my car stereo on the way home certainly couldn't make up for.


TIM:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 21, 2003 03:43:25


I drove down to one of the best outdoor venues in America (Merriweather Post Pavilion) from Philadelphia for this show because the band was nothing short of spectacular in Philly Monday night. It was literally the best arena rock show I saw this year out of about 35 shows. That said, while this show was very, very good, it did not come close to measuring up to the show in Philly.
The set list (which I have), the energy, and the crowd all paled in comparison. Still, as someone who has seen over 1000 shows in his life I will say for my money that right now this band is THE BEST live act in rock music. Period. As for a true review, well here goes: What makes this band truly unique right now, besides the way above-the-fray songwriting that's frequently copied but rarely duplicated, is the enormous scope of dichotomy that the songs bring to the senses. No band I've seen recently has the ability to run taut, subtle leads & fills that seconds later explode into bursts of energy so invigorating that you either get goosebumps or euphoric feelings. Jonny Greenwood plays his guitar with such reckless abandon one moment that it's almost hard to fathom his piccolo-esque style he applies another moment. Reproducing the studio versions of these songs is no easy task, and the plethora of instruments played by all, with a special nod to Ed O'Brien, deserves mention. It should also be noted that Thom Yorke has one of the better voices in rock music, and while last night a few songs were sung at lower octaves than the recorded version, he was still gets kudos for his overall vocal presentation, replete with his now customary spastic dance moves and quirky and Brit funny utterances from the stage. While I'm at it, the rhythm section isn't too shabby either! Again, both players careen from forceful beats to measured taps that provide a backbone to the others. Song-wise, last night's best were, in no particular order, Airbag, There There, Just, Where I End..., Nat'l Anthem, No Surprises.
I hope I get to see them at least once more while they're here in the States. Anyone with an extra great seat to Madison Sq Garden?!?!?!


DONOVAN:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 21, 2003 03:50:13


Chills.

That sums it up. Every song had more energy and power live then on the albums, and Thom's voice was dead on all night. Chills.

The evening was very heavy on HTTT, with a tiny smattering of Creep and Just, and a few songs each from OKC, Kid A and Amnesiac. The omission of songs like Karma Police and Fake Plastic Trees was a slight disappointment, but bringing in replacements like You and Whose Army (where Thom was playful with the camera and the audience), Dollars and Cents, and No Surprises filled the void nicely.

One of the most incredible performances and surprises of the night was on How to Disappear Completely. Simply a beautiful song live that was a wonderful surprise to the playlist. One of the best live performaces of a single song I have ever seen. Definitely chills here.

There There, Go To Sleep, Where I End and You Begin, Myxamatosis, The Gloaming, The National Anthem, Paranoid Android, Airbag, and Creep brought a tremendous amount of energy to the show. Pyramid Song, Stand Up Sit Down, Sail to the Moon has Thom on the piano with no slowing of the show. Chills again. We Suck Young Blood had the entire crowd clapping in time with the song. A Wolf at the Door, and I Will were welcome additions to the HTTT setlist as well.

Just an amazing show that left me with, you guessed it....chills. Radiohead are NOT to be missed on this tour.

And for all the bands currently famous or not who play live (except for U2 possibly), you have just seen the bar raised.



DUMB KID:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 21, 2003 04:11:50


I can't remember the set list or else I would put that in, but i do remember that the show was incredible. Pyramid Song was a highlight as was Paranoid Android and Idioteque. The Gloaming was a great opener, and the whole show was amazing.


TIM:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 21, 2003 04:54:21


The show started early, maybe between 745 and 8 from what I heard - hard to know for sure as we spent the time from around 730 to 830 within a mile of merriweather, stuck in traffic along the one lane that entered the park. the highways and exits leading to this small town in between baltimore and dc are miserably ill-suited for a show that draws 15000 people, especially around rush hour on a weekday. but once we'd followed other peoples' lead and parked at the mall across the road from the park, we got out of the car to hear "there there" clearly being played, even though we were several hundred yards away from the park and stage. everyone was parking and breaking into a run, and people seemed to know where to go, cutting across parking lots, garage stairways, a relatively busy road, and a small strecth of road as they finished up "there there" and broke into another song, darned if i can remember what it was. walking into merriweather, you saw a sea of people - the lawn holds ten thousand, and there were at least five thousand there. no lawn chairs, blankets, just people packed shoulder to shoulder, looking up at a few huge video screens, as the stage was at the bottom of a slope beneath the level area where most were standing. we made our way down to our seats about sixty yards up from the stage in the center, in time to catch a set that included "We Suck Young Blood," "Dollars & Cents," "Idioteque," and "The National Anthem," although it's hard to remember now which came when. The band seemed like they were having a good time - Colin Greenwood was really into the music, dancing around, and pogoing up and down during Idioteque, reallygetting the crowd going. At one point, I think maybe right when the beats kick in and Tom sings, "Ice age comin' Ice age comin" - Ed O'Neill had just finished singing along with the chorus, and turned around and saw Colin jumping up and down, so he started jumping up and down, too, like a little kid.

Tom was in great form and completely freaked during Idioteque and a few other songs, to everyone's cheers, and made a pretty big show out of "We Suck Young Blood," with a lot of flourishes at the piano (he played with his back to the audience, but two huge vertical plasma screens on either side of the stage caught him up close), and everyone was clearly drinking up the slow claps of the audience along with the song (Colin was practically leading it).

What else? A surprise, they played "Creep" with a full-on rockstar light show (flooding the audience with blazing white light whenever Jonny ripped the guitar), and also played "Just" from the Bends to huge cheering. A highlight for me was during the first encore, when they played "No Surprises" ("This one's for the cheap seats," Tom said as they began), and when he sang "bring down/ the government/ they don't/ they don't speak for us," several thousand people cheered, within 20 miles of D.C., and i think i heard him laugh a little in the next verse.

The show ended with "Everything in its Right Place" and a final, nice moment courtesy of the light show, which i'd feel bad giving away. Did I wish they'd played some of the songs they'd done just days before in Camden? Sure. But it seems like we got a great show. We left beaming.


BLUBLUB:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 21, 2003 05:04:54


Wow, big surprise, another terrific (if a little workmanlike) show. With traffic, overcrowding and Nazi police, any show at Merriweather can either be a disaster or a pleasant surprise, and this was squarely in the latter category.

The whole thing went off without a hitch (save the malfunctioning main video screen) and according to schedule, and if there was a fault that was it - it was pretty emotionless, feeling like an off-the-shelf generic tour date. Still, you have to admire Thom and the boys for their determination to give the fans their money's worth.

The ridiculously early start put a damper on things, as a lot of the old nightime standbys were performed when it was still light. No doubt this was due to venue restrictions. The weather was perfect, as it could be a lot worse in DC in August.

Opened with "The Gloaming" and launched into about five or six songs in a row from HTTT. "Paranoid Android" broke the trend. Kid A then got a surprising amount of play. The rest of the list included (off the top of my head): "Creep," "Airbag," "Dollars and Cents," "Street Spirit," and "No Surprises" dedicated to those of us in the cheap seats.

I'm a happy camper. Thanks guys.


LARRY:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 21, 2003 05:41:12


Please see review by leewig of the 8/13/01 bull run show.
Ok here we go,two long years after the bull run show we score tix to the 8/20/03 Columbia,MD show.So once again were on our way from NC to MD, this time only takes us about 4hours to get to Md.The entire drive all I can think of is its gonna rain,or our tix will not be at will call I just know something will keep me from getting to see these guys play for the first time!We pull into the venue and go straight to the box office,I show my ID and boom we have 6th row center!We go to our seats and man are we close.We wait about 30 min then the band takes the stage they start off with the gloaming,and 2+2+5 im in awe,third song in is sit down stand up at the end of the song "The Raindrops" is replaced with "No Raindrops" Then it hits me I am here and this is happening.the band rips through a 23 song set and it is by far the most amazing show I have ever been to. Highlights for me were Airbag,Idoteque,You and whose army,these guys have it all talent, grace,power,by far the best band in the world!After the letdown that Bull Run was this made up for it a thousand times over.
The band closed with everything is in its right place.And for a few hours on the 20th of August 2003 it was!!


MATT T.:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 21, 2003 06:13:32


If any concert should be made for DVD it should be this one. I sure hope they recorded this one. SO much better job than the montreux jazz Festival. Even a better setlist. Probably because they have been touring for a while and are just really used to doing these songs. It was great.


MIKE MCCUSKER:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 21, 2003 06:32:00


We got there pretty late because we got lost on the way to the show. I remember running to the show while The Gloaming (which opened, 2+2=5 and Sit Down Stand Up. I got there just in time for the raindrops part. The major highlights of the show were Idioteque (where Thom was just going crazy with his dancing), Creep(which they like now as a song), Lucky(great song the crowd sung along to it), Where I end you begin(I love this song and everyone was digging it), Sail to the Moon(played along really nicely with Thom hitting the high notes) and finally Everything in its right place(a great closer with Johnny going crazy in the corner). All in all it was a fabulous show and I'd love to go again.


SARP YELETAYSI:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 21, 2003 06:58:27


I think that the performance of Radiohead was excellent. They played many songs from the new album, and think that the new songs sound much better live than they are on the album. Maybe just because you see how they produce these strange effects, and loops. Thom was in a really happy and nice mood. He was very friendly and ward to the crowd. He made some strange faces while he was playing the piano and the cam was having a close shot on him. It was really fun. They played some old songs, the ones that I can remember are "Airbag", "No Surprises" (Thom dedicated this song for the people on the cheap seats), "Just", "Creep", "Ideoteque", "Everything in its Right Place", "National Anthem", "How to Disappear Completely". Thom played one song by himself, I haven't heard before. The visual effects on stage were really professional, and I liked the general atmosphere of the concert. Jonny didn't hesitate to abuse his Tele during Creep. It was fun to watch him punching his guitar. It sounded crazy. In total it was a really nice experience and I really enjoyed it.


ANGEL:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 21, 2003 07:09:23


aaaaaah......! I've waited over ten years to see Radiohead live and I hope I don't have to wait another ten years more to see a full set. Merriweather royally screwed up the parking situation so a lot of fans were stuck on the exit ramp to Merriweather for an hour while they scrambled to find parking. Meanwhile, we had called the venue only to find out Radiohead went onstage at 7:45 and here we were, stuck on the ramp, with no signs of movement.

I arrived just as they started There, There; this was about the middle of their set. As dissapointed (to put it mildly) that I was to have been screwed by the parking situation, Thom's voice was transcendent and the rest of the boys were in top form. Some of the highlights of the performance for me were Myxomatosis, Just and National Anthem to name a few. Admittedly, Kid A and Amnesiac were albums that I found somewhat "inaccessible" but hearing the songs live reminded me why I love Radiohead so much - they know how to rock. And the rumors are true - Radiohead has confronted their Creep demons and played a great version at the show last night. In fact, Thom said something like "I like this song now". Unfortunately, the drunken frat guys behind me were really into it, too, and yelled "F&%* YEAH!" about fifty times. Ah, well. I'm upset because apparently I missed Where I End You Begin and Wolf at the Door which are two favorites off Thieves.

Hopefully next time they are in town I can allot five hours for a 45 minute drive that took me four hours last night. Just to see Radiohead play for about an hour. But it was worth it in the end.


MICHAEL:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 21, 2003 07:13:18


An incredible show.

Except for one little hiccup at the beginning of Airbag, the entire set was spot-on. Like most of their gigs this tour it was a bit heavy on HTTT material, but a good mix of older stuff, with a few surprises like Just and Creep. Best song of the night definitely goes to How to Disappear Completely, another treat which was absolutely amazing live.

It seems that sometimes the press want to portray Radiohead as some sort of brooding and paranoid band, but live you can see how truly happy they are to be performing their music. Seeing Thom running around the stage during A Wolf at the Door, full of energy and grinning (almost gloating) madly, was simply priceless.

My favorite memory of the evening is what I like to call the CronieCam™. There is a small camera attached to the right side of Thom's piano, trained on him, the keys, and the crowd behind him. During You and Whose Army?, Thom sang straight into the camera while the image was shown on the two screens flanking the stage.

His face was perhaps a redefinition of smug. When he first sang, "You and your...cronies" he pointed an accusatory finger to the camera, which got a laugh out of me and the people around me.

But the second time he sang, "You and your...army" he gave a giant smirk, cocked his eyebrow, and motioned his thumb behind him toward his own little army -- the crowd -- which went crazy.

It's an image I'll never forget.


ETHAN TUTHILL:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 21, 2003 07:45:26


the show was amazing. they played alot of songs from the new album and a few favorites from ok computer. everyone was really shocked when they played creep. the show was awesome and after the show i waited around and met thom yorke up close and personal. he signed my ticket stub and talked to me for a little. it was the best nite ever and on the way home i gave a stranger a ride and he paid me $60. peace.


SHANE:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 21, 2003 08:04:59


Three years. That's how long I've been obsessed with Radiohead / wanted to post a show review on this board. After a dismal experience at the Bull Run show 2 years ago (which I'm still bitter about), this show was unquestionably worth the wait. I must say that it took the first few songs to get into the groove of listening to Radiohead whilst in the presence of thousands of people (I mean, they're not exactly party-rock), but after the sun went down I lost all sense of self-consciousness. While I had been most excited about hearing stuff from OK Computer / The Bends, I found that I was most enamored with stuff I'd previously regarded as downright unlistenable from Hail To The Thief and Amnesiac. I think Dollars and Cents was right about where I found my groove - extraordinarily eerie live, borderline trippy for someone that's not into hallucinogenics. Similarly, with We Suck Young Blood, the audience's clapping nearly drove me to extreme paranoia. I think the only thing that saved me were the people that kept clapping off-beat. Idioteque absolutely blew my mind. Really, that's all I can say about it; my head's still bopping in tune to it today. Just when I thought I couldn't be any more impressed, they launched into Creep. Holy crap. They never play Creep! Let alone actually sing it! Amazing; I was so glad to have been present for what will hopefully become an acceptance of their older, "less artistic" material. I mean, we can't be political all the time, can we? With that said, the irony of playing The National Anthem next, let alone my enjoyment of it, was beyond comparison. What an incredibly aggressive, paranoia-inducing song. I think I blew my friends' minds trying to explain what Johnny's doing on the keyboards throughout that song. After all the emotional tension built thusfar throughout the show, we received a much-deserved break for Thom to change his shirt, and for the audience to calm down a bit.
When Thom re-emerged on stage armed only with a guitar I had no idea what we were in for. Everyone went silent as he began stumming "I Will." It was right about here that I began to understand what an absolute masterpiece Hail to the Thief is, despite my initial misgivings of its brilliance. From my perspective, I Will had an almost call-to-arms effect on the audience, like every single one of the thousands of people present were silently promising that "I won't let this happen to my children." I was so blown away that the jarring beat of Myxomatosis hardly even phased me. I don't think I really woke up again until halfway through Just. The guitar breakdown at the end was insane; Thom was ripping sounds out of a guitar that should have been physically impossible to make. How to Dissapear Completely ended the first encore in a lonely, dream-like state which drew me back to the period in my life when I first discovered Radiohead. This was the first Radiohead song I absolutely fell in love with, and was quite single-handedly the catalyst for the shift in my musical tastes. I know, I know, enough sap; back to the matter at hand.
By this point, I was unsure whether the show had ended or not, but I still really wanted to hear some more OK Computer material. Granted, Airbag and Paranoid Android comprised part of the earlier set, both of which were amazing live, but like I said, it took me a bit to find a groove, and sadly, they came prior to that. As such, when the band re-emerged yet again for a second encore, opening up with No Surprises was exactly what I wanted to hear. A lot of hugs / holding hands throughout the audience while gently rocking to the rhythm. As Thom hummed, "Bring down the government, they don't, they don't speak for us" everyone, including myself, went crazy. Obviously, Radiohead doesn't draw out a great many Bush fans. At that moment, as I was out on the lawn, I looked up to the big screen (which they'd finally got to work halfway through the show) to see Thom actually grinning. Another highlight of the show for me, as I felt that he's become genuinely pleased with the impact his lyrics have had upon millions of people, myself most of all. I think the only way I could have been more pleased is if they'd chosen Exit Music or Let Down (my absolute favorite Radiohead song, despite the fact that they never do it live).
At any rate, Everything In Its Right Place brought the night to a close, and what an incredible close. From listening to this song on Kid A, I never could have envisioned it being turned into the out-and-out techno jam-fest that it was. Thom was even dancing toward the end. As everyone slowly made their way off stage, Johnny remained, jammming out on his odd collection of self-designed musical devices, until he too made his way off, letting the magic of the beat carry the audience home. Scrolling FOREVER across the background screen was an excellent way to end the evening. Forever in the sense that the horrific images conjured by Radiohead's music will always be the prevailing truth of our world, or forever in the sense that Radiohead, like their fans, will always be there, cracking away at the foundations, carving out a small niche for a better reality? Goddamn, that was almost poetic.


MIKE:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 21, 2003 08:06:52


Well I must say that I was thoroughly disappointed by this show. I was pretty geared up seeing Radiohead for my first time ever after having missed out seeing them last time they were down my way (Washington, D.C.) two years ago. That show had rained out unfortunately. Anyway, this show turned out to be one major waste of time. First of all, the traffic into the place was crazy...cars were backed up miles and it was at a virtual standstill. That's not the bands fault though I think the concert promoters could have done a much better job. The few songs I did see Radiohead play were great. But I have been watching the set lists from other shows where they have been doing 2 and 3 encores with a few songs for each set. Last night, we were treated (more like mistreated) to only 1 encore with only two songs. I think they went on after 8pm and they only played until like 9:35pm tops. I love Radiohead and am a true fan, but last night, they definitely let us down.


FROM A GREAT HEIGHT:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 21, 2003 08:09:51


Let me just start off by saying what a dump Merriweather Post Pavillion is. I will never go back there ever, and by this I mean the venue, and also to the Maryland countryside. They had a screen set up since, unless you had pavillion seats, you could just barely see the top stage lights. This screen, and the Commodore 64 running it, presumably was disabled due to user error since you could see the mouse and icons scurring after each other to get this going. I paid 200 bucks to get tickets for this show. The jackasses in the band, and their entourage and legions of cronies, are Millionaires, I'm not. If I screwed up like that at my job, I'd be fired.

Anyway. My tickets said 6:30. Very misleading. Traffic was/is horrendous everyday in the DC area - by some estimates in the top five worst big city traffic jams in the nation. As such, getting out of work embarassingly EARLY at 5pm in the District doesn't get you to the Pavillion until at least seven o clock. Please remember that the main constituency as far as i can gather for this band's music is the alienated cubicle 9-5 type monkey, so common in the DC area. Radiohead went on at about 7:30. Who starts shows this early? I was impressed at the number of people arriving throughout the first half of the show asking - "How many songs have I missed?"

I digress. They played a familiar set. Adequate in so many ways. This band really did mail in a lot of the songs, but what are you going to do when you are paid to go through motions. Maybe two or three times did personality (Something this band has a great deal of) shine through. They did play Creep which was good for a laugh. This was nothing like I expected after being skipped last tour with the Bull Run fiasco. I guess my expectations were too high, but what can you expect from your favorite band which in many ways is tops in the world for intellectual honesty AND diverse and creative musical talent. Everything in its Right Place, and the fun of sprinting to will call, because the fan club couldn't get me the damn tickets I ordered, avec shipping fee, from radiohead.com, to see Paranoid Android was worth the $50 bucks per ticket. Despite a technically flawless performance , I don't think I'd ever make the tremendous effort to go see this band again. Oh yeah, and Myxomatosis kicked ass.


ERIC:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 21, 2003 08:11:01


I had tickets for the August 20th show of Radiohead at Merriweather Post Pavillion. Me and my friends were on our way to the show we left at 6 p.m. from Arlington, Va. The show started at 6:30 and Radiohead took the stage at what must of been 7:30. It was only gonna take us 45 minutes to get to the show from where we were but it took us until 9:00 pm to walk into the show we got to see five songs oh and we got to see "Creep" from the car while sitting in traffic. The Traffic was so horrible in Maryland and we were backed up practically as soon as we hit the Maryland border, and its not like we started our trip really late. "Maryland sucks!!!" On a brighter note at least I got to see Radiohead somewhat more this time it was a lot better that it was last time I tired to go see radiohead. Yes this is the second time i have tried to go see Radiohead the first time was at Bull Run National Park and if people remember what happened there we had a huge flash flood and stages sinking into the ground. Thats two strikes against me tryin to go see Radiohead 3 strikes and i'm out no more radiohead for me.


TOM C:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 21, 2003 08:26:17


another amazing show my second this summer Field Day was amazing and this show was just as good or better I mean it's Radiohead there just brilliant emotions I mean you could feel every song and the light show was crazy they even played creep Thom said "we love this song" which was hilarious cause there always quoted saying that its rubbish, but they played it and the crowd loved it including myself idioteque was spectacular Im looking forward to October at Madison Square Garden Radiohead is genius… F O R E V E R…


LENNY BOUND:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 21, 2003 09:02:53


Last night I had the privilege to see one of, if not the greatest bands of modern music.
I don't know if Radiohead will ever cease to amaze me. They have become more musically talented as they age, and their music is as great and youthful as ever.
In my opinion, they are the third greatest band of all time. Right behind Led Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd.


SMELLY:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 21, 2003 09:16:34


This was my first Radiohead concert; the 2001 Amnesiac shows (of which I had a ticket to one) in the area were rained out and never rescheduled. As expected, the band played a lot of tracks from the new album (all of them, in fact, except "Backdrifts," "Punchup at a Wedding," and "Scatterbrain.") The highlights of the evening were many, but among those that stood out were a truly rockin "Paranoid Android" followed immediately by "Wolf at the Door;" "You and Whose Army," during which Thom made faces to the crowd on an obnoxiously close camera; "We Suck Young Blood," on which Thom laughed in the middle of a line when the audience couldn't quite figure out where exactly to clap; and the ever-elusive "Creep," prefaced by Thom saying during the song's intro: "We really do like this song!" But by far, the highlight of the show was an explosive rendition of "There There" which sounds even better live than on the album. "Just" also sounded fantastic as Jonny ripped away at the end; it was the only "Bends" song played. This was a tremendous show, and I can't wait to see the band again if/when they return to the states.


BILL BEAN:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 21, 2003 09:18:27


the show last night was awesome yet again radiohead played another amazing set even thought i only saw seven songs do to the fact that maryland police can even do a simple job of dircting traffic cause major traffic problems and was an hour late for the show i would never see any band or visit maryland ever again


MC:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 21, 2003 10:34:09


this show was by far, the best show I've seen them play. It started off rather slow but once the sun set they really blew up. Highlights were .... Airbag, How to disappear completely, you and who's army, Idioteque, everything in it's right place and creep. However, I was kind of disappointed they didn't play karma police but what the hey!


AH_RADIOHEAD:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 21, 2003 10:41:43


I don't know how many of you were at last night's concert in Columbia MD, but out of the three times that I have seen RH in the
last 8 years across the US, this was by far the best show ever. The build up, about 40 minutes worth of pregressively more intense
feelings from RH and the audience, was incredible. It was a hot 90 degrees, and people were slow to be brought in by the band's vibe. By the time they played Creep, people were so focused on the music
and the band that nothing could distract us from connecting with Thom. The crowd, and I, were awed by Creep. Everyone had hoped for that song; everyone also knew that we would probably never hear it in concert.

It was, frankly, the most amazing, goose-bump-giving, damn sexiest concert you could ever be at.

FOREVER

ah_radiohead


GRACE:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 21, 2003 11:48:07


I want to start this review by admitting that I'm one of those jaded, spoiled New Yorkers who's been blessed to see *so* many great bands at their best, it's hard to be impressed. And you know what? Radiohead impresses me every *expletive* time. This Merriweather show is no exception, although I was worried in the beginning because the crowd seemed a little lax and ambivalent, but they really did get into it and the band was fantastic. I'll leave the song by song reviews for someone who's more of an expert, but I just want to happily say that Radiohead brings out the kid in me, the bouncing, dancing, out of control person who is usually too jaded and self-conscious to get loose. Thank you Radiohead!!! ~ Grace


IN DEBT:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 21, 2003 13:29:46


..that show.. was.. heaven.


PADDY:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 21, 2003 13:39:15


A couple of comments about the Merriweather Post Pavillion show on August 20 (I'll leave the full review for someone else). One, we missed the first 5.5 songs because a) the lads went on much earlier than we expected (8:00 or so) and b) the traffic around DC is just abysmal. There is no possibility of c) we didn't leave early enough, now is there?

The highlight of the show for me wasn't "Creep" (though that was cool that they played it, and seemed to enjoy playing it) but, unexpectedly "You and Whose Army". Just Thom and Jonny, with a wide angle camera attached to Thom's piano, and him looking right into the camera (i.e., into the crowd) while singing. I got a whole new interpretation of the song: I had always thought of it as sort of the anti-Henry V St. Crispian's/Agincourt speech, the guy with no fight left in him challenging the bigger guy, and knowing he's going to get wiped out. But after seeing the way they played it last night, with Thom winking and mugging into the camera and pointing his thumb over his shoulder at Jonny and saying, "C'mom, if you think you can take US on!", it was a clearly a challenge to other bands (or to kids with dreams of being in a band) to get up on stage and try to do it better.

The best concerts are those not where the band gets up and re-plays their greatest hits in exactly the way they were recorded, but when they put a new spin on a song and force the audience to think about it differently.

Of course, I could be wrong.


STEPHEN MILANO:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 21, 2003 15:09:20


Wow! A great show. It has finally come full circle. Enlightenment is the only feeling I have in my being. Good Luck to everyone else who is in search of this. But it was achieved at a costly price. I'm trying to get a piece of my soul back everyday.


BIGERN:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 21, 2003 17:11:52


I don't think the setlist is up, but when it is, please try to find a better one than this night's. I have one word to describe how fantastic this night was: Creep. That's right. They played it. It rocked. Booya-shaka! One song from The Bends: Just, but hearing Creep made me forget the tons of other songs I'd love to hear. For Radiohead to play what I'd love to hear, they'd be there for 3 days. Thom's voice was amazing. He definitely sang his a$$ off. The rest of the band was flawless. I missed both of DC's shows two years ago because of rain outs, so this was a show years in the making and it delivered. I have tickets to see them in West Palm on Oct 4. I was thinking about not going because this show kicked so much a$$, but $hit, live Radiohead can never be bad. See you folks in Flordia in two months.


HOOLIGAN:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 21, 2003 17:11:56


Outstanding night for an outstanding show, even from the cheap seats. I always forget to write down the set list, but they managed to hit most of the good stuff, despite only lasting an hour and fifty minutes. One big suprise was that they played Creep! There There was stellar, as was most of the show. One bummer was that the video display for the lawn seats was non-functional for the first half of the show.


DANIEL:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 21, 2003 17:27:55


The entire show was absolute ecstasy. They are better performers than any band I have ever seen ten fold. Holy Shit, if you haven't seen Radiohead yet, then do it! If you have then you can see that doing so adds meaning to living! No kidding, it was rad!


:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 21, 2003 17:29:05


Phenominal.

No wonder they get 'best live show' all of the time. I came alive in that pavillion.
let me live!!


SUSIE:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 21, 2003 17:38:10


lucky me, i got to sit waaay out back in the lawn area, but none the less, the sound was impeccable and the giant overhead projector screen (when it was working) allowed me to get a great view of the stage. thom was dynamic, as i'm sure he is in every concert.

they didnt sing scatterbrain or fake plastic trees as i was hoping for, but it was my first concert so i guess a little glimpse of the band was better than nothing.

the merriweather pavillion was ehhhhh, ok. they really should have checked the video input/output before the concert started though. sitting out on the lawn area doesnt allow one to see the stage so clear, ya know?


BRIAN:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 21, 2003 17:42:45


Simply put, the best concert I have ever attended. Seeing Radiohead live reinstates why they are the only band left that really matters.


TYLER:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 21, 2003 18:27:12


Plain and simple: The best concert I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. From Thom's opening remarks of "delicious delicious delicious," to his last words "oh where is that..." before closing the show the band was just on tonight. HTDC, National Anthem, and 2+2=5 were taken to incredibly new levels. But the stand out songs from the night were You And Whose Army as Thom joked with the crowd through his piano camera, No Surprises, Everything In It's Right Place, National Anthem, Paranoid Android, and Idioteque. And...in a surprise the band pulled out Creep. For as little as they do that song, they sure know how to live. Thom had more than enough energy and showed a great sense of humour throughout the night. And while Johnny kept to his own little 5 foot area you could tell that he was lost in the music as he pounded on the buttons during the last bits of Everything in it's Right Place. You could just literally feel every bit of music flowing through your body. Thank you so much Radiohead.


MEG:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 22, 2003 02:46:38


the show was awesome.
they played creep and just, definetly like the two LAST songs i expected to hear. When creep started the crowd went nuts, and thom said "you like that one?" it was funny. Hearing just live was awesome too, especially with so many people singing along.
I also really enjoyed we suck young blood and wolf at the door. I went to the Camden show where they played neither. I had really wanted to hear we suck young blood live, just cause i thought the clapping thing would be hilarious. I guess the band thought so too, because before the song Thom sat down at the piano and said "this will be good for a laugh."
the show was a lot of fun, i'm real glad i went to the camden and the columbia shows. I think the crowd at camden was much cooler. columbia being a pretty little suburb had fascist security and too many people in the crowd who probably weren't even into the band (their office had a deal with the pavillion for free tickets or something) otherwise the band was great and i'm totally glad i went.


BRANDON:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 22, 2003 03:20:16


The band sounded great, especially Thom's vocals and Ed's harmonies, which
sounded best on quiet songs like You & Whose Army and I Will. It was
refreshing to see the audience familiar with both new & old songs, even the
"unradioworthy" ones like We Suck Young Blood; the audience threw in
the clap without any help from the band. While they didn't have an impressive
stage presense, it was really interesting to see them play their heavily
layered songs live as a unit. For There There, it started with Thom alone on
guitar with Ed & Jonny playing percussion, and songs like Everything In Its
Right Place and Idioteque had Jonny on the floor playing with his effects
pedals and samplers. And of course Thom's twitches and interpretive dances
always make good entertainment.


DCRACHEL:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 22, 2003 04:08:02


Last night I saw Radiohead and was stunned. I knew they would be good. Everyone said they would be good. But they were amazing. Like my roommate said, no one should be that good in concert. It's true. They sound EXACTLY like their albums, which is hard since their songs are so complex and use a lot of non-traditional sounds. I didn't know what to expect from the songs off Kid A and Amnesiac, but I was blown away. Johnny does live sampling of Thom's voice and uses it during songs. During "No Surprises" Thom's guitar was tuned to sound exactly like the glockenspiel on the record. They played "Creep" and it was like the whole audience was reeling in self-loathing agony. They played a lot of songs off the new album, which was expected and very welcome. They played "Airbag", "Idioteque", "Everything In Its Right Place", an amazing version of "Wolf At the Door" (I was so happy), "Dollars and Cents", "Paranoid Android", "I Will" (Thom sang it an octave HIGHER than the record -- he is amazing), and so many more. I was dancing and having so much fun singing...it was just great. The two hour show was the only thing that could have possibly made up for the 2-1/2 hours of traffic I sat in to get there. I will never forget that concert. It was amazing.


ROB WILLSEY:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 22, 2003 04:29:19


the show was well worth the harrowing drive though DC. it was good to see that there wasn't any rain, considering the disappointment of Bull Run in 2001. the first few songs were solid, but it wan't until "Idioteque" that things really got going. the crowd showed much more energy from that point on. so did the band for that matter. it's great to see a band that really seems like there's nowhere else they'd rather be. as for the venue, i'd never been on the lawn before, and i hope not to be again, because it's not slamted nearly enough. even though i was taller than the people in front of me, i still couldn't see the band at all!


FULLTILTREDHEAD:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 22, 2003 07:34:49


http://discuss.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/zforum/03/s_entertainment_radiohead082003.htm


BRIAN:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 22, 2003 07:52:19


There are a slew of reviews posted
on the WashingtonPost website at:

http://discuss.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/zforum/03/s_entertainment_radiohead082003.htm

Overall it sounds like the logistics
of getting to the show (on time) were
horrendous...but those who made it were
fortunate to see an extremely great
performance, a downright giddy band,
and a rare performance of "Creep".


JARED PARFREY:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 22, 2003 10:06:58


This was the single best performance I've ever seen. There were three encores! Anyone would have thought Radiohead would be way too smart to fall into the cliche of playing their first hit, which is why they were smart in playing creep. Many tears were shed as they played creep, as well as Thom's himself. Bravo. Can't wait to see them again.


MOOTIWAN:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 22, 2003 12:28:44


Merriweather is off my list forever. I guess I didn't learn my lesson from
seeing R.E.M. there about 10 years ago and sitting on that shitty
fucking "lawn". We could not see a thing because of it's crappy slope, the
video monitor on top of the pavilion didn't kick in until halfway throught
the concert.

We got there at 6:30 freakin' pm and the opening act had already started!
Then Radiohead opens with 2 + 2= 5. Okay it's on the new album and then
proceeds to play every slow tune in their catalog. Pick your favorite 6-8
Radiohead tunes...they didn't play them. It was a fucking joke. I wouldn't
have enjoyed it on mushrooms. And on top of that, they finally get around to
playing something with some juice and it's building up and the
guitar comes in with that loud crunch, crunch and on the screen the guys
playing his balls off and it sounds like an am radio. Then during the encore,
all of a sudden the PA kicks in and you can hear the guitars and drums
through it to match the volume of the vocal! What a crock of shit for a major
band!!! If it was Areosmith, Joe Perry would have been bashing some techie
over the head with his guitar to get the shit going!!!

I'm fucking done with big concerts. I'm getting back to second rate and has
been groups playing bars and old movie theaters. It's much more fun.


DAVE:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 22, 2003 17:54:34


I'm not sure that I'm the best at reviews but this was one of the best concerts I've ever seen. This includes U2 sold out at RFK and Foo Fighters at the Patriots Center. Thom York had a great night with his voice, it was perfect the whole show. Phil was on too. His drumming is phenomenal, just as good as Tool. Every harmony of the night was dead on and every guitar solo was perfect. They even played "Creep." I couldn't believe it, a tear came to my eye during that and my favorite song of all time, "Paranoid Android." Anyway, even tho I had the "cheap" seats for which Thom dedicated a song to us, I enjoyed the concert more than any other I've been too, considering the last time I heard them live was outside RFK (i didn't have a ticket yet) for the Tibetan Freedom Concert when OK Computer had just been released. A fantastic show, I hope you had the opportunity to see them live. I can't wait to see them again.


DAVE:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 23, 2003 04:44:16


I'm as big a Radiohead fan as the next guy, but I have to say, I'm a little pissed off at what happened at this show.

Here's the story. The ticket time said 6:30. Conventional wisdom tells us that if there is an opening band scheduled to play first, that means radiohead should come on at 8:30 or 9:00. I asked several of my friends what time they'd expect the headliner to come on when a show starts at 6:30 and the 8:30-9:00 range was what I usually got.

Radiohead went on at 7:50.

It wouldn't have been all that bad... if there wasn't a line of cars 10 miles long bottlenecking onto the exit where the show was. Honestly, we listened to an hour of the show with the car windows down.

One of my friends decided to miss the last couple of hours of work and get there early, which he did, and Radiohead came on 5 minutes after he got there. Upon speaking with him later he said, "Yeah, I got there thinking it would be 30 minutes before Radiohead started playing and then 'boom' they were playing. The place was almost empty. I couldn't believe it."

People were literally jogging from their cars into the show because they were 45, 60, 75 minutes late. And it's really a crying shame, too. The last concert in the Washington area was rained out. I was there and almost got struck by lightning. All we want to do is see the only band on the planet that's making good original music. To be shafted twice in a row really hurts.

So my question is, who do I blame? On the one hand, the Merriweather pavillion venue is definitely to blame. Nowhere did they indicate that the highway exit has a tendency to get congested. On the other hand, and this will probably catch the ire of many a die-hard Radiohead fan, you've got to lay some of the blame on Radiohead and their stage production company. SOMEONE in the production must have known about the ridiculously long line of cars still trying to get in at 7:45. Would it have been that hard to say, "Hey, Thom, we need to wait for 30 minutes." On yet another hand, I think Radiohead itself is partially to blame. I mean, they're all seasoned rock stars. They know when the crowd is thin and when it's not. They could have easily taken a bit longer to come out than usual.

So I'm supposed to review the songs? No dice. I only heard 5 of them. What I saw was great, but I didn't see that much.


DREW:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 23, 2003 07:40:32


This concert was amazing... hands down the best one I've ever been to. Not just the best Radiohead concert, but the best concert EVER. After getting rained out two years ago, it was time for the Washington DC are to get some Radiohead action. And Radiohead action we got.

They started out with the Gloaming, accentuating the best with pulsing lights, and it was awesome. They played mostly songs from HTTT at first (2+2=5, Sit Down Stand Up, etc) but they also played awesome old stuff like "Paranoid Android" and "Just", both of which rocked like nothing else. Johnny's solos on both were incredible; I was surprised that they sounded ten times better live than the ones on the album versions. Thom played with and made faces at the camera for the big screens during "You and Whose Army" and he laughed his way through the beginning of "We Suck Young Blood". After always reading about how Thom has no sense of humor, hates touring, (you know, all that) his congeniality was very surprising. It was great.

However, the biggest surprise was when they played "Creep". Thom said, "We like this song now" as they played the first few bars of it, and the crowd (and myself) went CRAZY.

It's hard to remember all of it, but what I do remember is that Radiohead never faltered once, the crowd was with them the whole time, and they seemed to be loving it.

Thank you, Radiohead, for being awesome.


ALEX (I AM MADE OF POISON):
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 23, 2003 10:28:51


My first radiohead show. the best show i've ever been to. moderarate seats. impeccable performance. radiohead could not have played better. on to the review.

i drove up from NC for this show, and we arrived at the lot at about 3:45 in the afternoon, and as far as i could see we were like the 6th car there. we went to get some food, and by the time we came back we were probably the 30th or so car. we upgraded from lawn to right lodge row BB seats 206-208 as soon as we got there, which was good. skip through the boring part, after we spent 11 bucks on a 4 slice pizza, halfway through one of the forgettable reggae songs the lights just dimmed and 5 guys walked out on stage. the first thing i remember noticing is the green lights, and the second thing i remember is the bass of the gloaming penetrating me. hail to the thief was meant to be played live; 2 + 2 = 5 would have been a better opener, but anywhere in the set it's awesome live. There There is the same way...just made to be heard live. The first great moment of the show was when thom muttered "this one is called airbag." i forgot how much i love OK Computer, still my favorite album ever, and although they only played 3 OKC songs, they were played with supreme excellance. the songs they played fit into two categories, roughly: rock and non-rock. of the rock songs, There There, Just, Paranoid Android and Idioteque (not really rock, but the song ROCKS) were the best. airbag and 2 + 2 = 5 and myxomotis and national anthem are great live, but not the best. of the slower songs, you and Whose Army? was incredibly awesome, even more so given thom's camera-antics. yes, thom, we all are your army. i've seen lots of people piss on We Suck Young blood, but it's one of my favorite HTTT tracks, as well as songs from the show. The clapping was fun, especially given the apparent amusement thom got from our inability to hit the right beat. Pyramid song was good, and sail to the moon, but are just naturally better heard on headphones than from gigantic speakers. I was jonsing to hear "Everything..." the whole show, and got my hopes up everytime they brought out the ivories, so how glad was i when they ended the show with it? i nearly wet myself. By the way, Ed's hair style looks like he's trying to copy johnny, but i digress. another highlight was thom's leap from piano to microphone in Sit down. Stand up. very cool, especially with the lights. the contrast between idioteque, one of their most experimental, and creep, their most tried-and-true rock song, was appreciated, as was the fact that played creep at all. I feel blessed, as I'm sure most of us there did. Thom's wolf at the door rant came across perfectly, and i've been wanting to hear that song live since i first bought HTTT. One last question: who was speaking on the radio johnny turned on? it sounded like a woman.


if only thom had introduced Just with the customary ROCK. That would have been cool.


CHRIS F.:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 23, 2003 16:49:45


Two Radiohead shows in five days... my cup runneth over. After the elation that was the Montreal show, I did still have a regret. I had missed at least four songs, one of them being "2+2=5", a song I really wanted to see live.
So, before my last semester of school starts, I figure I'll go home to North Carolina and see the folks. While I'm down there, why not catch Radiohead in D.C.?
I'll skip to the good stuff and say that the show was incredible. Despite Merriweather's less than top-notch sound system, the guys sounded incredible, particularly Colin. An early blood rusher was "Paranoid Android", which got everybody moving. They played quite a bit of material off of Hail to the Thief, which honestly sat just fine with me. It's an incredible album and the songs play even better live.
I'm beginning to feel the same about the Kid A material. When they ripped into "National Anthem" I could feel the beat slamming into my ribs, working its way up my spine.
Thom sort of screwed up on "We Suck Young Blood", but it was pretty funny and he had a good laugh at it. The crowd tried valiantly to keep the clap in the song in time, but it was largely a failure. Still, A for effort.
I was a bit surprised Thom didn't have anything of a political nature to say, being only miles from the capitol building. After spending most of the day in downtown D.C. I was certainly in the mood for some of Thom's opinions, but he didn't say anything I heard. There was a beautiful moment towards the end of the show, during "No Surprises". When Thom sang the line "... bring down the government... they don't speak for us" a pretty large cheer came out of the crowd. I myself shouted loudly, and felt absolutely wonderful to be voicing (after a fashion) my thoughts in the heart of U.S. politics, yet feeling totally free behind Thom's voice. Rather cowardly, I thought, but hell, I know he can say it more eloquently (and razor sharp) than I.
I do wish Radiohead would play a little longer sometimes. Two hours is pretty cool, and man do they give it all they've got. But walking out of the show a little after ten just left too much of the evening for me. I really wanted to keep watching the best band of my generation play, especially after the show closing power of "Kid A". Even though it was the same song they closed with in Montreal, I was completely blown away. Thom even got up from his keyboard (moog?) and danced around.
All in all, an incredible show. As a parting shot to Merriweather, I have to say this venue absolutely blew. The parking was terrible, we were in traffic on the tiny exit for over an hour and a half, and their sound system could barely handle Radiohead. Parc Jean-Drapeau was clearly superior. I hope next time Radiohead come south, they'll either play in Virginia (Hampton would be great) or in North Carolina @ Walnut Creek or the Raliegh Sports Pavillion (whatever the hell its called.)
Anyway, long live Radiohead, the best live band I've ever seen.


ALEX AKERS:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 23, 2003 19:42:58


I'd anticipated this show for along time, and it was every thing I thought it would be. They came on on time and opened up with the gloaming.They played all of httt except a punch up at a wedding.They covered alot of kid a and amnesiac, and also played fan favorites such as paranoid android,airbag,pyramid song ,no surprises,and of course creep. When they played idioteque it felt like you were at rave. The whole band seemed to be in good spirits. Thom was dancing,smiling,and talking to the crowd. They came on for two three song encores and ended it with everything in its right place. Over all it was a spectacular concert and i hope to see them again real soon.


BEN:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 24, 2003 04:14:27


The performance was stellar and the sound was phenomenal. I've heard quite a few shows outside and Merriweather has better sound than most music halls! They played nearly all of the new album, Creep, Just, No Alarms and No Suprises, How to Disappear Completely, Pyramid Song, Idioteque, The National Anthem, Airbag, Paranoid Android, and a few that my long-term memory may have misallocated in the visceral experience. Thom's voice was strong and unbelievable at times. The flux of emotions emanating from that little english frame makes one smile while stretching the heartstrings into unfamiliar shapes. I've always known that Colin was an innovative bassist, but the complexity of his playing doesn't strike one was astounding until you see/hear them live. As an example, the intricate inro work he does on "We Suck Young Blood" very much mimics a fretless, and he pulls it off on a fretted Fender Precision! His work on the bassstation is extremely impressive and original. Phil has a Gene Krupa sense of style with drum and bass tendencies. His playing hints at free-form jazz, but without the egocentricity. His performance was tight and focused on the overall integrity of the music, not how many groupies he can bag with his skin beating wonders and Kojakesque appearance. Ed and Jonny both weilded multiple instruments as though they were divination rods, channeling the perfect sounds at the appropriate times. The amount of effort they expended can only be equalled by the passionate force that embraced the audience throughout the show. If you've never seen Radiohead, you've never heard or seen what musicians are completely capable of when they tap into something unnatural to the layperson and then proceed to translate it for us. Sell your albums, your plasma, and your soul, then go see Radiohead.


BRICE WOODALL:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 24, 2003 15:27:00


This was an amazing show. Where are all of the other reviews?
The band seemed to be having a blast and that made the whole vibe of the evening very positive and exciting. Wolf at the Door was my favorite, especially the way Thom was bouncing around the stage kind of hunched over. When they played You and whose Army, Thom was smiling at a piano camera and motioning to the crowd which now appeared on the stage screen. Cool moment. Other songs included Just, Paranoid Android, No Surprises, National Anthem, Airbag and of course CREEP!!!!! The crowd seemed to be blessed on this ultra humid evening. They blew many a mind and even brought the occasional mind boggled tear to my eye. It was cool that they played 11 of the Thief songs. The stage lights and the back drop lights were also very cool. Thanks to the whole band for a very inspiring night and definately one that I will never forget.
Good singing Ed! Harmonies were huge.
air biscuit


TRES:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 25, 2003 04:54:07


Well, you all already know the show rocked, so I won't handle that. The venue, however asteticlly (spelling??) pleasing it was, was garbage. Apparently, due to labor laws and potential overtime payments, the venue (not the band) requires shows to start early to avoid costing them more of their share of the profits. Therefore, the pathetic start time of 6:30 for SM & Jicks. Luckly, we made it up very early, as I am familiar with traffic in and around the DC/Baltimore/"Mixing Bowl" area. However, we were yet again victims of "venue gouging" as cops (probably off duty and paid by the venue) were coming around the parking lot making everyone pour out their beer. That wouldn't have been so bad had not the venue been charging $7.50 (!!!!!!) for one beer. God bless you if you wanted a $11.00 Corona or oil can Fosters. The slope of the lawn was bad, and the only place we could stand to see the stage was on one of the wings. In defense of the big-screen guys, turning them on before dark would have been a waste of electricity, but then again, should the headliner have started before dark? No. Great show though, just Merriwether can suck on it.


MIKE:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 25, 2003 09:16:57


Hey assholes!! Quite whining about show time. If a show is in the Baltimore/DC corridor and starts at 6:30, what are you doing leaving at 6? If this show was such a big deal to all of you, then you should have made better preparations. Instead you blame Radiohead and the venue, and say stupid shit like "Maryland Sucks." Grow up. You all should know better.


JUSTIN KARSON:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 25, 2003 13:26:19


After years of waiting Radiohead came. This was much of a relief to the whole MD, DC, VA area after the two days of torrential down pour at Bull Run. Everyone in the area had been waiting, and everyone who missed Bull Run appeared to be crammed into the lawn seats.
This was hands down the best show I have ever seen. The light show was spectacular and the greatest suprise was Creep in which pure white lights we used to illuminate the entire crowd, awesome. The guys also used a great mix of songs from all their albums, even Just made it's appearace.
Maybe it was just the fact that I had been waiting so long or maybe it was the drugs in my system, but this was worth the wait. My only complaint was that the show was done by 10:00, this sucked, I was hoping for 5 encore's.
A perfect way to wrap up all my concert experiences at Merriwether


ANDREA:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 25, 2003 13:45:03


They played this song that I am listening to now … ”The National Anthem”. I remember dancing, dancing as hard as I could on the slight hill slope at Merriweather, afraid I’d fall and trip and flash the crowd with my skirt flaring up. Dee Dee danced as much as I did, harder, even, flailing her head and hair around. Me, well, I was in control …ha ha … is that even possible? I danced, but I watched at all times – watched the stage, watched the crowd. Watched Thom to see how the sounds on the CD would translate onstage. The horns…they were their voices. And the guitars made up for everything else. But there was still and most importantly the sense of the music swirling up and out of control, only to be controlled and lassoed in at the last, while a pervasive sense of the song lingered. You knew what you were listening to. But it didn’t sound exactly like the CD that you’d grown accustomed to. It left you wanting more. But they played “How to Disappear Completely”. How apropos, yes? I remember thinking….I’m not here. This isn’t really happening. In a little while I’ll be gone. (and I was; back to North Carolina from the concert in Maryland, the very next next morning.) And others from Kid A – “Everything in its Right Place”, and “Idioteque”. “Everything in its Right Place” was the very last song, and the screen behind the stage flashed FOREVERLOVEFOREVERLOVEFOREVERLOVE… and I felt it. I didn’t want to leave. I wanted them to play for 12 more hours. I couldn’t get enough. I wanted more; it wasn’t long enough…not nearly.
All right, start at the beginning. It’s only fair. They started off with a wee bit of “The Gloaming” but they moved into “2+5=5” from the new album. Have to say – I’ve devoured the new album, and was very excited to see the new stuff. To me, the old stuff was a complete and utter bonus….I’ll take what I could get! Next was “Sit Down Stand Up”, which I loved on CD for the amazing change in tempo and feel, but in translated pretty well onstage. Next was another new one, “Where I End and You Begin”…goooood. And then: “Airbag”. Hard to know how to interpret anything from “OK Computer” – it was such a seminal album, and seeing it live to me is like going back in time, to the days when you and your friends sat around and discussed the political and social repercussions of such an album….and it was such a great piece of music.
“Pyramid Song” – I could only imagine Thom’s voice to sound as pure as this live, as I was not disappointed. How can he really sing like that? Beautiful…and then to the crown pleaser “Paranoid Android”. Lots of dancing about. Crowd singing along as loud as possible. Me and Dee Dee included.
2 new songs next: “Wolf at the Door” and “Sail to the Moon”. “Wolf” was incredible – as my friend said best, “This is the closest to rapping that they’ll ever get!” And that’s all right with me. Next off of “Amnesiac” – “You and Whose Army”. Love this song. I sing it when I’m mad at the world. More new – the first single “There There”. I’m surprised more folks didn’t know this. Then “Go to Sleep”. Not my favorite. Another “Kid A” – the eloquent and funky “Dollars and Cents”.
Then Thom: “This one’s good for a laugh” -- on the piano, playing his little heart out, “We Suck Young Blood”. Have to say that I wasn’t too sure about his song – but they more than pulled it off. It sounded better on stage than it did in the CD. I loved the “Are you hungry?” and the way they drawled it out. Back to “Kid A” – a brilliant “Idioteque” that had us all dancing and twitching madly…how can such a studio album – a produced album – end up sounding so great live? Mind-blowing.
Laugh away – they really did play “CREEP”. Need I say what the audience did? Hpw loud I screamed? The disbelief? And how fucking awesome it sounded slightly slowed down? Sigh. Cheap thrills, baby. So glad I heard it live once. Lastly, the aforementioned “National Anthem”. Raging….
They left the stage, only to return for the first of two encores. “I Will”, which showcased Thom’s lovely, plaintive voice, alone on stage with an acoustic guitar; the super-funky “Myxamatosis”; “Just” from “The Bends” (holy shit….); “How to Disappear Completely”. 2nd Encore: “No Surprises” – sad and lovely – and then “Everything in its Right Place”.
At the end of it all, I can’t stop listening to “Kid-A”. Did I miss something? Of course I did – Radiohead seems to be the band that you keep seeing live over and over again just to see how they’ll do a song differently this time.
This was the best concert that I have ever been to. Amazing. I hope they had as much of a good time as I did.




FAN SINCE PABLO HONEY:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 25, 2003 15:10:59


I came from Pittsburgh to see Radiohead...my fourth time...and thanks to Merriweather it was the worst experience ever. When we got out of the car at some mall (finally)I heard "where I end and you begin" and couldn't believe it. Almost two hours to go 24 miles. What a joke.

The venue was terrible (too pitched from the lawn to see the stage), but the band sounded great, the best that I have heard them since their club days (how I miss those shows at Metropol!).

Since they dont appear to be coming back to Pittsburgh, it will be Cleveland from here on out...


THAIGUY:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 25, 2003 15:13:00


Stop the whining about the traffic and missing half of the show!
A weeknite concert off the Beltway outside of DC skedded to begin at 6:30?
It's a no brainer. Heck, I took the day off work and hit the road at 3pm!
An amazing show.
But yes, Merriweather sucks. It took us over 1 hour to get out of the parking
lot. And to the guy blaming the band for starting to early, for not checking out
the crowd to see if it was too thin... give me a break.


ROD W.:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 25, 2003 15:41:03


I seem to have rotten luck when I try to see Radiohead. I had tix to see them at the Bull Run debacle. We all know how that turned out. Then I drove up to New York and witnessed the Field Day Massacre first hand, though I will say that Radiohead saved that festival from total disaster.

So I get tix to see them at Merriweather, I figure, "what could possibly go wrong, I'm in for a good Radiohead show."

I never counted on Merriweather being a total screwup like it was. I left Alexandria, Va at 4:30 to get there very early. I arrived at 8:05, missing Stephen Malkmus (which really put me in a bad mood cause I love that man.) then getting stuck in the back of the lawn where I was not able to see the stage at all. The video screen for the lawnies didn't come on until three songs before the first encore. not to mention, Merriweathers much known terrible sound system.

I will give it up for Radiohead though, this wasn't their fault, they put on an amazing show. I got there right as They began playing Airbag, and needless to say Radiohead got me out of my bad mood very quickly. They played a wide array of songs, which is just what I had hoped for. The highlight of the show came when they played "Creep" though, as I think all 15,000 of us there had a simultaneous orgasm when the first chord to that song was struck. Radiohead can make any bad situation a lovely experience.

All in all, they show was the best Radiohead performance I have seen to date. and I am very interested to see what the next show I try to see will bring. An Earthquake perhaps, or maybe an apocolyptic knife attack. Who knows, but Radiohead will make it all worthwhile.


BRYAN:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 26, 2003 03:16:01


Ok, I didnt want to really post a review but since noone else has said this I feel, for my own sanity, that i have to. The show was amazing, maybe the best concert ive seen, (tough to top Flaming Lips) except for one thing...Maybe its because im an audio engineer i notice things like this but what the hell happened during airbag? i just remember looking at the guys faces during the intro, they were confused at how off time they all were. then when the intro was over they found themselves, no pun intended, all the guitars just cut out. there are 3 guitars on that song and the only one you could hear was yorkes rythem guitar sounding about 3 inches tall. i dont know who did it, the band or the house engineer but it sort of put a large damper on that song.

Now with that said, wow, wow, wow. I must say that "how to disapear.." might be the neatest live song since Pink Floyds "Set the controls for the heart of the sun". Myxamatosis was all i could hope for, thome seemed to be tweeking his voice on this. At first i wasnt too thrilled about getting creep, that changed when johnny made me pull a Marty for Back to the future in front of the amplifier. His guitar was the loudest most shocking guitar i think ive eve heard. thanks to the guy in front of me who slipped me a little something special during "there there". we met in line for tickets, it was good to see you again. Some people just dont have rythem, as was obvious in "We suck young blood" but everyone caught on about halfway through the song. It was an intense sound of the clapping htough, impressive. Dollars and Cents should be played at every show. awesome. Nice to get a thome solo song in "I Will". What can i say, the seven year wait was well worth it. wow, wow, wow. please come around again


V:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 26, 2003 04:29:14


I just want to say that this concert is one of the best that I have ever been to. It was powerful, beautiful, and everything Radiohead is to me. I am, however, discusted at the reviews I have read on this page about all the problems people had getting into Merriweather. Every single concert I have ever been to has had terrible traffic. Suck it up, its a concert. My solution: Get there early. I did this time and almost every time, and guess what?? I saw the entire show. I even saw some of the opening band. Godbless Radiohead.


JOE RUFFINI:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 26, 2003 12:20:07


This concerts greatness goes beyond words. We showed up at Merriweather at about 2:30 due to our sheer excitment. We entered the north gate not knowing it was for VIP's and such. After walking around in there for about 5 minutes Thom's suttle yet magnificent voice echoed from behind the tall fences. We were overjoyed to realize we were hearing the soundcheck! Even though they only played parts of songs, here is the list of songs they did in the sound check:
1. There There
2. We Suck Young Blood
3. Subterranean Homesick Alien
4. Bishop’s Robe
5. Myxamatosis
6. How to Disappear Completely
7. I Might Be Wrong
8. Dollars and Cents
9. Pyramid Song
10. The Gloaming
It was great to hear it, and Thom made a lot of funny comments over the mic, for instance before they did we suck young blood (in the soundcheck still mind you) he said "let's do that we suck young blood song" like a little child, it was so cool.

After finding out we were at the wrong gate we rushed to the south gate, luckily with few people there. We sat around until they opened the gates and let us in. But they held everyone back about 25 feet after they were in the gate. After they let the masses grow they set everyone free and they all rushed to the lawn to get in the front, i almost got trampled.

We sat around for awhile before SM & Jicks came on, they were pretty good. After that we waited longer until I saw a torrent of people stand up out of their chairs and off the ground as the lights dimmed. A roar so completely fanatic swept the masses. The subtle intro to the gloaming flowed over the crowd. The music was flawless, the performance was perfect, the only problems were that i was on the lawn and i had to look between peoples heads to even get a glimpse. I was so glad to hear so many songs from amnesiac and ok computer. Thom had fun with the camera beside the piano during you and whose army and he raised his eyebrows at it and pointed to the crowd. The band was in a great mood. Before we suck young blood Thom claimed "this ones good for a laugh" and broke out laughing in the beginning of the song. The audience needs to learn how to clap correctly to that song! For creep thom says "i like this song now" and when he says "i wish i was special" i was delighted to hear my close friend (Thom FROM York) belt "YOU ARE SPECIAL THOM!". After they finished off the first set of song swith national anthem they walked off and the crowd couldnt stop its roar of claps and whooping. They gladly came back out 2 more times and during everything in its right place the word FOREVER scrolled behind them. Even after their second encore the crowd kept clapping even though the lights came back on and the Reggae had started up again. The lighting was spectacular. The crunch of Jonny's guitar during creep blinded my eyes with bright white light which lit up the entire town! I would gladly travel hundreds of miles just to hear them play.


DAVEKUHN:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 27, 2003 08:22:56


You can't even put this band or it's shows into words so I'll just say this: Went to Field Day, went to Merriweather and now will no doubt be on my way to Madison Square Garden in October. :) Just Can't Get Enough.
P.S. The version of How To Dissapear Completely that was played at Merriweather was the most beuatiful bit of live music I've ever seen. That is all. P.S. P.S. Go get the Cure's "Trilogy" DVD that just came out.


DIVE:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 27, 2003 13:55:25


I left Centreville, VA at about 1430 - and
I'm glad I did. Traffic getting there was hell, but I ended up arriving well over two and a half hours early, before they'd even opened up the parking lot. But, the drive and the wait were well worth it. I wasn't impressed at all with the Jicks, the opening band, but Radiohead was simply amazing. The light show, the band, the songs they decided to play, were all awesome. There are some songs I would have liked to hear live but didn't (street spirit, fake plastic trees) but what they did play was well worth the ticket and the traffic. I'd never seen radiohead live before this show, but it will most definetly not be the last time!


ZACK:
Submitted on: SEPTEMBER 28, 2003 09:25:28


The area in which Merriweather is located has a 10pm sound curfew, that is why Radiohead started at 8 instead of 8:30 or 9:00. I don't know who would be to blame for the traffic, but I would definitely rule out the band as they were trying to play as much as they could for the fans who were there (and there were many when they came on). I got there at 5:00 and got a great lawn seat and enjoyed Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks who played a great set as well, but were overshadowed by the headliner.

That aside, Radiohead played an amazing show. Personally I prefer the tracks from The Bends and OK Computer, but even tracks like The Gloaming that I had been indifferent to sounded so good. You could feel the bass; it was much better than listening to the album. The lights show was spectacular and rightly complemented the great set that these Rock dynamos performed.

If you only go to one concert ever, make it Radiohead.


ALLIE HUTCHISON:
Submitted on: OCTOBER 02, 2003 14:35:58


This show was a holy experience, and I am not relgious. Radiohead has been my favorite band for several years, and unfortunately my limited budget makes it impossible for me to get anything better than lawn seats, but it was still the best concert I have been to in my life. When 2+2=5 began, I could feel the lawn vibrating to the bass. I just stood there in this trance, the music was amazing. It was an amazing experience. All my freinds who were there would have agreed it was amazing.
My friend Emily came with me and she had never really liked Radiohead, until I made her listen to the song "idioteque" and "Everything in it's Right Place"and "fake plastic trees" and paranoid andriod" and all my other favorites with the lights out. We both had a religous experience, and a week from today I will be standing in the pit at Madison Square Garden.
Radiohead has a way of making every small feeling a substantial one. You can physically feel the music of Radiohead. Really amazing.


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